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Ski Areas Near Asheville

January 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ski Areas Near AshevilleLooking for ski areas near Asheville? While it’s true Asheville winters tend to be mild, there are some great places nearby to ski, snowboard, or tube in western North Carolina, where temperatures often run up to 20 degrees cooler!

For the outdoor enthusiast, winter often brings to mind downhill skiing or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-skating and sledding. Though the Asheville area isn’t exactly a snow-sports mecca, we’re not so far away from some really wonderful North Carolina ski areas. We do have the highest mountains in the eastern US, after all!

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Waterfalls N’ Wine in Transylvania

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Waterfalls N’ Wine in Transylvania

Visit beautiful Looking Glass Falls
on the Waterfalls N’ Wine Tour

As Halloween approaches, what could be more timely than a tour of Transylvania? Transylvania county in North Carolina, that is – and a tour called Waterfalls N’ Wine!

Autumn is a gorgeous time of year in this part of the country and Transylvania county ups the ante with over 250 waterfalls. The Pisgah Field School’s October Waterfalls N’ Wine tour is a fun and fascinating way to get out and see a few of them in full, fall-foliage regalia.

On top of it all, you get to attend a private wine tasting at Broad Street Wines in downtown Brevard, NC!

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6th Annual Flock To The Rock – September 20, 2014 – September 21, 2014

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Flock to the Rock 2014Attention Birders and Nature Lovers! One of the great, fall migration birding events is about to take place at Chimney Rock State Park, September 20th and 21st: Flock to the Rock!

Last post I told you about Chimney Rock State Park, which was serendipitous with Flock to the Rock just around the corner. Chimney Rock State Park is home to over 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls, and various birds of prey, including the majestic Peregrine Falcon.

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On Top Of The World At North Carolina’s Chimney Rock State Park

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

North Carolina's Chimney Rock State ParkNorth Carolina’s expansive Chimney Rock State Park offers visitors stunning 75-mile views and a host of other opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure.

The iconic, 315 foot tall Chimney Rock, a 535-million-year-old monolith that gives Chimney Rock State Park its name, is the heart of the park and climbing it rewards you with 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Surely the best attraction of the park and really all you’d need to attract visitors to this gorgeous natural preserve – but if you think that’s all Chimney Rock State Park has to offer, you’re in for a surprise – that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County, North Carolina is one of the state’s newest parks and is loaded with numerous things to do and see

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Fall Foliage? Fall Foraging!

October 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

fall foraging with the Wild Foods Foraging Adventure

A major concentration of edible mushrooms grows
in the Asheville/Blue Ridge mountain area.

This is an absolutely beautiful time of the year to be out and about with all the fall foliage blooming around you in splashes of red, yellow, and green but it’s also an amazing time to do some fall foraging.

Do what?

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Shindig on the Green

June 22nd, 2013 by insideout

Do something different this Saturday night – come to Asheville’s Shindig on the Green! Taking place every Saturday night of the summer, starting next week on June 29 and running through August, this gathering of local and visiting musicians is not-to-be-missed.

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join in the good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. The Shindig on the Green features a stage show and informal jam sessions around Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown around sunset (or 7:00 p.m. for those who need more details) and play until 10:00 p.m.
Concessions are available. Enjoy beautiful music and dance traditions from the Southern Appalachia during a lovely summer evening in the mountains! This is a great free event.
Some of the musicians, artists and musical styles you can expect to hear at the Shindig:

See characters like this at Shindig on the Green!

See characters like this at Shindig on the Green in Asheville

  • Stoney Creek Boys (A long-standing house band for the Shindig)
  • Bluegrass & Old Time String Bands
  • Big Circle Mountain dancers
  • Clog Dancers
  • Smooth Dancers
  • Ballad Singers
  • Storytellers

More about the Shindig on the Green

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival. Their mission is to preserve the tradition of music, dance and storytelling in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig on the Green usually attracts between 3000 and 5000 participants each Saturday – for free – throughout the summer. While this event is of course popular with locals, visitors from all over the state and the nation come to play music, listen to stories and watch dancing in beautiful Asheville.

Lodging for Summer Travels in Asheville

We hope when planning your trip to Asheville this summer, or whenever you visit our city, you consider staying at the North Lodge on Oakland Bed and Breakfast.


Broad River Rafting

March 30th, 2013 by insideout

The French Broad River, which flows through Asheville and winds through the surrounding mountains, offers everything you could want for a fun-filled day in the great outdoors!

There are both white water rafting trips and calm canoe rides to be had on this river. You can also head north of Asheville or south and find great routes and guides to bring you on a float trip.

For example, the tour group French Broad Rafting Expeditions, in Marshall, is about 30 minutes north of the B&B and offers both whitewater and calm water trips. Experience the excitement of riding through whitewater rapids while enjoying the natural beauty of the Pisgah National Forest. During the trip, the guide will teach you the names of the rapids, the history of the river, basic paddling techniques, river safety information.

Get ready to get wet during a white water rafting trip down the French Broad River

Get ready to get wet during a white water rafting trip down the French Broad River

But most of all, you will have a fun and safe rafting experience. A nine mile trip costs $75, includes lunch and lasts 5-6 hours.

Or, if something more serene is what you would prefer, head south of Asheville to Rosman for a guided canoe trip with Headwaters Outfitters. They have a ‘signs of spring’ tour right now, where you paddle downstream eight miles, perhaps through some of the most beautiful sections of the French Broad River. Join an experienced river guide and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage! The trip costs $55 and requires reservations and lasts about 4 hours.

Make North Lodge on Oakland Your Home Base!

For all of your adventures in and around Asheville, whether it be the Biltmore Estate or the French Broad River, we hope you will choose to call North Lodge bed and breakfast your home in Asheville. Along with beautiful guest rooms and delicious breakfasts included in your stay each morning, we can help you plan your trip, make reservations and facilitate any other concierge services you may need. Let us help you explore our corner of North Carolina!